The Harry Potter phenomenon can be seen all over the world. With the release of the second to last movie installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” the popular series is the core of a current Freshman Orientation course called “Finding your Patronus.” The class it taught by Potter fans OSU Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi and Chris Van Drimmelen. While fans are receiving college credit to study the books and films, they are also learning about the real life applications of the imaginary wizarding world and how Hogwarts and OSU students alike go through all of the same developmental phases. One OSU student shares her interpretation of how these students are alike:
“Meeting people from other areas, like in Hogwarts, Gryffindors meet Hufflepuffs, and Slytherins, and Ravenclaws and here you’ve got a Business major who is meeting with Forestry majors and Engineers and Pre-Meds. You get to meet a whole bunch of different people who have really different interests, but you find out you have a lot in common anyway.”
Harry Potter and his wizarding world have also had other transitions into the Muggle world within the last few years with the exploding popularity of Quidditch, a fictional sport played on flying brooms. The International Quidditch Association held the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup in New York November 13-14. Oregon State University is on the list of Quidditch teams being currently formed.
So Harry Potter fans, OSU might be your very own Hogwarts-complete with courses, Quidditch, a Beaver House scarf, and a building that would fit right in at Hogwarts.